April 2015

History is alive!

January 22 is the anniversary of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, inspiration for the evergreen movie ZULU. What, our visitors ask, happens at Rorke’s Drift on that auspicious day? Football is the answer! At about the time that the battle started, four O’clock in the afternoon, the whistle blew and the needle contest between the Redcoats and the Zulu Zebras commenced.

This was the inaugural match on the new community stadium and although the playing surface may have left something to be desired, little quarter was given by either side with some fine play and inspired moves by both teams. The score-line? Zulus 3 – Redcoats 2. The hotel were pleased to supply the strip and a braai afterwards for both teams and their supporters at the Battlefield. Watch this space for the line-up for 2016


The Hotel is exhibiting with its District Tourism Organisation, Mzinyathi District on Stand DEC 1A21. We look forward to renewing personal contact with our friends and making new contacts. If our representative is not on the stand then please leave contact data at the stand on the desk of Dundee Tourism. Contact details are per the heading above.


Members of a UK Methodist Church persuaded us that our capacity could accommodate their number of 27 adults and a good time was had by all. They were keen to visit the local Battlefields as a part of an overall South African tour and seemed very touched by our staff’s farewell songs. After being inspired by our local Zulu dance troupe, they got to showing a different style.


The coincidence of our first Literary Lunch, a group of battlefield bikers and a Zulu wedding party had us all humming with activity. The first also drew a group of Boer War enthusiasts to meet the author in person while the second group took occupation of the bar. In the excitement the beautiful bride and her entourage were not recorded.

MARCH to Easter:

Our dry summer gradually cooled to wonderful autumn weather with the Easter Holiday finding us full of three family groups and as many generations, who enjoyed the spaces an activities on offer. A short family service at sunrise was held on Easter Sunday in our conference room overlooking the river and then the hunt was on for the eggs among the rockery. Some of the party is just setting off to see our own cave paintings and then swimming in the river at our beauty spot ‘The Cliffs’.


We enjoy an increasing frequency of coach parties for lunch in our Shiyane Restaurant as a welcome relaxation during their battlefield day. In addition to the invariably well received offerings from the kitchen, guests are entertained with a short story about the views that the dining area enjoys, which enhances appreciation of the history all around us.